Woman Finds Large Python Curled Up on Her Car Windscreen

A woman in Queensland had "the daylights scared out of her" after finding a large snake coiled up on the windscreen of her car.

Preparing to make a trip to the shops, she headed downstairs from her Birtinya apartment to the indoor car park, only to find that a carpet python had made itself comfortable on top of her four-wheeler.

It isn't clear how large this particular animal was, but carpet pythons are capable of growing beyond 3.5 meters in length.

Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, a company that offers snake removal services in Queensland, Australia, documented the capture and relocation of the snake in a video posted to Facebook.

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"We don't see that too often. As you can imagine, if you were coming down to your car in the car park and you saw that, then you would certainly freak out," said snake-catcher Stuart McKenzie, who described it as "quite a large snake."

The video shows the animal, which has a distinctive mottled pattern, flinch slightly and flicker its tongue as Stuart first gets his snake hook around it.

The snake-catcher, however, manages to capture it without facing a great deal of resistance, though the very end of its tail can be seen clinging on to one of the windscreen wipers.

Temperatures in Queensland are beginning to get cooler ahead of the winter season, and Stuart thinks that the car was a "nice and cozy" spot for the snake, which was "probably taking the warmth of the engine."

While the Australian climate isn't quite cold enough for snakes to go into hibernation, many of them brumate, which is a less extreme form of dormancy.

However, before entering a state of brumation, some snakes may try to eat more than usual, according to Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.

Carpet pythons are the largest snake species found in Queensland, but since they're non-venomous, they're less intimidating than many others. However, they are armed with sharp, needle-like teeth.

Encounters between humans and carpet pythons are fairly common, with the snakes regularly spotted near or even inside homes.

In the past few weeks, Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 has received reports of carpet pythons hiding inside toilet rolls in a bathroom, inside a barbecue, and on top of a dining room table.

Their diet usually comprises rodents, possums, reptiles, birds and frogs, but particularly large specimens can take on pets.

In April, a family found a carpet python preparing to swallow their cat, having suffocated it to death.

The carpet python is a non-venomous snake
A stock image shows a carpet python, unrelated to the animal found on the car. They're capable of exceeding 3.5 meters in length, and are regularly spotted around homes in Queensland. Ken Griffiths/Getty Images